Saturday, July 11, 2009
Then I read that alpaca takes to flick carding very well, so I decided to do that. It's fast and easy. Basically, here is a lock of Brownie's fleece (the lighter brown at the top, which I'm holding, is the 'outside' tip and is that color due to amniotic fluid.
You rest the flick carder on the tips, and bounce the flick card up and down to open up the tips a little bit. Then you flip the lock over and do the other side. It takes less than a minute to do a lock.
The flick carder looks like a dog comb...maybe 2" by 6" with a handle and very, very sharp teeth. The little teeth work to open up the tips so you end up with a nice lock of fiber to spin. The lock doesn't look that much different than the first lock, it just is a little more opened up with more loft.
Obviously, this is not the fastest way to prep fiber for spinning, but it is a great way to get to know an animal's fleece and to get some practice in this craft.